Iran‚Äôs Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari has left Tehran for Jakarta to participate in the International Maritime Security Symposium in Indonesia.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, Sayyari left Tehran on Saturday to attend the conference as a special guest and deliver a speech about Iran‚Äôs viewpoints on providing maritime security for naval routes in the Indian Ocean.
He will also discuss the expansion of naval ties with Indian Ocean littoral states including India, Pakistan, South Africa, Indonesia and Malaysia as well countries like Japan and China.
The International Maritime Security Symposium is scheduled for December 9 to 11.
Nearly 350 participants from countries grouped in the Indian Oceans Naval Symposium (IONS) and Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) as well as extra regional countries will attend the three-day symposium.
In recent years, the Iranian Navy has increased its presence in international waters, including the northern tip of the Indian Ocean, the Bab el-Mandeb strait and the Red Sea, to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.
In line with international efforts against piracy, the Navy has also been conducting patrols in the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden since November 2008 in order to safeguard merchant containers and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran or other countries.
The Navy has managed to foil several attacks on both Iranian and foreign tankers during its mission in international waters.